Gov. Nathan Deal will host the second meeting of his Georgia competitiveness initiative, which focuses on job creation and a statewide economic development strategy. Deal announced the effort soon after taking office in January. It concentrates on attracting and keeping high-paying jobs in Georgia.
Two south Georgia counties are among seven sites being considered for construction of what would be the world’s largest solar farm. Sumter and Tatnall counties are in the running for a $1.4 billion, 400 megawatt project to be built by Florida-based National Solar Power. Four other sites are being considered in Florida, with one other in North Carolina.
200 jobs and $120 million in investment is on the way to Spalding County, south of Atlanta. Governor Nathan Deal's office says engine manufacturer Caterpillar is set to make a major investment in its Griffin Engine Center. The Peoria, Ill.-based company will create at least 200 jobs and invest $120 million in machinery, equipment and upgrades to the existing facility.
Up to 200 new jobs are on the way to southwest Georgia. And an economic official calls it the region’s biggest economic announcement in decades. A new military and para-military training center will call Early County home. The American International Marksmanship Academy could be open by the fall with 100 jobs. Another 100 could be in place within two years.
North Georgia has seen major population gains over the last decade. But parts of the region north of metro Atlanta have been playing catch-up with technology. The area's now in the middle of a big push to get plugged-in for the economic benefits.